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Windows 7: having issues with user name profile change

07 Jul 2013   #1

windows 7
 
 
having issues with user name profile change

I recently changed the user name profile of my laptop. Prior to the change, my user name was: C:\user\oldlaptop\... and it would have a padlock on it. I assumed that this meant it was an administrator account. Now, when I search in C:\user, I find both the new user name (newlaptop) AND the previous user name (oldlaptop) with a padlock attached to each of them. There are also two other folders in the User folder. One is Public, which I believe needs to be there, and the other is Default. The Default folder is greyed out.
When I go into User Accounts, all I see is Newlaptop. It is an administrator account. Can I delete the oldlaptop user folder or should I take some other steps first to see if it is still in use?

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07 Jul 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If you are nearly out of room on the hard drive, then you can remove the user profile (folders/files). Otherwise, just leave it.

If you opt to remove the folder/files, let Windows do it.
Restart the computer
Log on to an admin account that you plan to keep

Start > Control Panel > Add or remove user accounts

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Select the account to the removed...
...and then select Delete the account.

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08 Jul 2013   #3

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I would look in the oldlaptop user folder and see what data is in there.
If you store your User data on the C (OS) partition, there may be some data in there you do not want to lose.
When an account name is changed, it does not change the account's user profile folder name in C:\Users.
I did not think an Account Name change would create a new User folder...but it did create a new User folder for you.

Take a look at this tutorial about changing an Account Name and User Folder name.
User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name
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08 Jul 2013   #4

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I would look in the oldlaptop user folder and see what data is in there.
If you store your User data on the C (OS) partition, there may be some data in there you do not want to lose.
When an account name is changed, it does not change the account's user profile folder name in C:\Users.
I did not think an Account Name change would create a new User folder...but it did create a new User folder for you.

Take a look at this tutorial about changing an Account Name and User Folder name.
User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name
That is the link I used to make the change. Did I follow it to a "tee", I don't know. Some weird stuff happened at the end, when I rebooted. As for the data in the oldlaptop user folder, I'm not sure if it is a holdover from before the change or a backup of new data. I will investigate.
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08 Jul 2013   #5

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

OK, cool you found the tutorial and used it!
Maybe Shawn (Brink), the tutorial author will see this thread and have some ideas, he always does
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08 Jul 2013   #6

windows 7
 
 

To add more confusion to this problem, when I open windows explorer, then expand the network icon, I get numerous displays on the right column. These are broken down into: “computer (2)”; Media Devices (2); Network Infrastructure (1); and Storage (1). What concerns me is the Media Device section. Here it shows an icon of a device with a film clip and musical note. It has two names; newlaptop PLUS oldlaptop separated by a colon.

I need to find out where inside of this laptop I can go to permanently remove this pesky user name.
The computer section shows two icons. One is the new name of my laptop and the other is the WD My Book Live NAS. Both of these display the correct names.

So, if anyone else has had a problem like this, and had it fixed, I would sure like to know how it was done.
I hope that this was not too vague. Let me know.
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08 Jul 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If the laptop was set up under one Admin user name, Windows 7 assumes its the owner and will never completely remove it for security reasons. The best you can do is correctly change the name and then just ignore the old name wherever it appears until time to Clean Reinstall.
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08 Jul 2013   #8

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

No, you were not too vague, but posting some screenshots of what you are seeing would probably be easier than you typing out all of that descriptive text. Here is the tutorial from posting screenshots inline with your post's text (like I did earlier in this thread): Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

You might want to post a screenshot that:
...lists all of the current users
...shows the explorer screen that you described above
...any other anomalies that you have observed.
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08 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Open up a command prompt . Inside the command prompt paste the text below and press enter

wmic useraccount get name,sid >%UserProfile%\Desktop\UserAcounts.txt

The UserAccounts.txt file will be on the Desktop . Upload that file with your reply

Note   Note
To Paste inside the command prompt right click on an empty space and choose Paste , Ctrl+V will not work
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